Ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh. Okay, so part of me really wants to read The Last 8 by Laura Pohl and the other part of me wants nothing to do with it. Of course this book would end up compared to The 5th Wave, which I loved though I hate when books are compared as though every single book similar to one is going to be something I enjoy. You see, that’s what gets me. I did really enjoy reading The 5th Wave, but I’m not the sort of person who typically reads alien stories and so there was something that the book offered me that made reading about aliens–which I wouldn’t normally do–worthwhile. And there’s no guarantee that’s what I would find in The Last 8, a story about eight teenagers who have survived the alien decimation of Earth, seven of which who want to do nothing more than hide. Clover Martinez, however, wants to fight. Considering that the aliens destroyed practically the entire population of Earth, I think logically the seven other teens have the more practical and intelligent idea. I dunno how eight teenagers are going to take on the force that killed billions of people. But I digress.
I just feel annoyed because I think that there’s a possibility I might like this book, based on the aforementioned comparison to a book I did like a lot–I wish they’d stop doing that–but another part of me is just feeling incredibly meh about even bothering with this book. And the little mystery included in the synopsis where Clover finds a spaceship but suddenly doesn’t know who to trust is what really does it for me, what really leaves me feeling like this is a book I should avoid. It screams heavily of stupid alien romance and I just don’t think I’m here for that.
A high-stakes survival story about eight teenagers who outlive an alien attack—perfect for fans of The 5th Wave
Clover Martinez has always been a survivor, which is the only reason she isn’t among the dead when aliens invade and destroy Earth as she knows it.
When Clover hears an inexplicable radio message, she’s shocked to learn there are other survivors—and that they’re all at the former Area 51. When she arrives, she’s greeted by a band of misfits who call themselves The Last Teenagers on Earth.
Only they aren’t the ragtag group of heroes Clover was expecting. The group seems more interested in hiding than fighting back, and Clover starts to wonder if she was better off alone. But then she finds a hidden spaceship, and she doesn’t know what to believe…or who to trust.
What are your thoughts? Do you think I’m wrong about the potential alien romance? Are you interested in the book? Apathetic? Let me know in the comments! Happy reading, everyone!